Having dolled up celebrities like Cindy Crawford and Keira Knightley, beautified runway models for designers such as Chloé and Prada, and perfected faces for the covers of Elle and Vogue, Lisa Eldridge is an expert on all things related to cosmetic formula, color, application, and packaging from every era. The Youtube sensation and makeup master’s new book, Face Paint: The Story of Makeup, embarks on a global beauty journey throughout time to explore the history of what we put on our face. Wanting to know even more, domino asked Eldridge some important questions about skin care and seasonal style suggestions.
Q: The dedication page of your book says, “To my mother, whose makeup got me into all of this in the first place.” Can you tell us about that?
A: When I was about six years old, I found a box of my mum’s old makeup at my grandmother’s house, full of vintage treasures from Mary Quant and Coty. I wasn’t interested in putting them on my own face. I was just fascinated by the objects themselves, the crayons and tubes, the incredible smell, and the glossy, gloopy textures. It was the moment I first began to fall in love with makeup.
Q: Do you ever use historical makeup techniques in your work?
A: Yes, the history of makeup is a huge source of inspiration for me, and I’ll sometimes reference historical looks and techniques in my editorial work. For example, I might apply color in a painterly fashion that takes inspiration from the past, but I always make sure the end result is contemporary.
Q: Do you have any holiday makeup tips or styles that you could recommend?
A: I love classically beautiful, Hollywoodand vintage-inspired party makeup. Flawless, radiant skin with subtle highlighting is instantly beautifying, and you can’t go wrong with a classic red lip.
Q: What is your favorite contemporary piece of makeup and why?
A: Concealer—it’s my secret weapon for flawless skin. It isn’t just for spots or acne. If you have pigmentation, redness, or unevenness that you want to conceal without masking your face in foundation, concealer is all you need.
Q: Is there a bare-bones makeup routine you use when you are running late?
A: If I only do one thing with makeup, it’s curling my lashes and putting on mascara— it only takes two minutes, but it makes the biggest difference to your face.
Q: What is your skin care philosophy?
A: Skin care is the queen in my world—you need a good canvas to achieve great makeup. I like my skin to feel really clean in the morning, so I use a gentle face wash with AHAS like glo therapeutics’ hydrating gel cleanser with lactic acid. I use sunblock each and every morning, all year round, and apply lots of hand cream and body lotion or oil before I get into bed each night. Generally, though, I don’t use loads of products. I find the simpler the routine, the better my skin is.
Q: Is there one product you can apply that will make you look and feel better?
A: A sweep of blusher is one of the fastest ways to make yourself look fresher and more alive, whatever your skin tone— a gorgeous rose-pink lifts skin and makes the whites of your eyes look brighter.
Q: What is the most important thing that people should do for their skin?
A: Wear SPF every day—protecting your skin from the sun is one of the easiest ways you can keep it looking younger for longer. And with so many great textures and formulas available now for every skin type, there’s no excuse not to wear SPF daily. I call it my “youth in a tube”!
With a newly released book that recounts the narrative of cosmetics, Lisa Eldridge, one of the most trusted names in the makeup industry, shares some technique secrets and her love of SPF.
“Face Paint: The Story of Makeup” by Lisa Eldridge for Abrams $29.95 domino.com/winter15